- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Investigators say two pilots were killed in a midair collision this month in Florida after the leader of a five-aircraft formation called for a course change to avoid the sun’s glare.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report Tuesday does not assign blame for the crash, which killed 57-year-old Gary Somerton and 66-year-old Anne Edmonson.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2pwMRDf ) Somerton and Edmonson were members of a pilots’ group flying from Port Orange to Titusville when the collision happened April 1.

The NTSB report says the flight leader saw a flash when the crash occurred and airplane parts falling from the sky. The other pilots were not identified.

Both Somerton and Edmonson were flight instructors and were qualified to fly jet airliners. Somerton was a United Airlines pilot.



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